BUTTERFLIES ARE FREE BY LEONARD GERSHE PDF

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Don is in his early 20s and Jill is 19 years old. The play opens with Don moving around his meticulously kept apartment while talking on the phone with his mother. Jill is watching TV loudly in her place. Since the walls are paper-thin, the two neighbors talk to each other in their separate dwellings before Jill finally invites herself over.

She is a flighty, commitment-phobe, who has recently moved to New York to attempt a career as an actress. Some keys to her personality include her escape from her life in California, her constant search for food to munch on, and a six-day marriage when she was just 16 years old.

Read an online copy of the monologue in which Jill describes the circumstances of her startlingly short marriage. Don has lived a sheltered life and his move to New York for two months is a deal he has struck with his mother to prove to himself and to her that he is self-sufficient and can live on his own. The reason he has never lived apart from his mother is that Don is blind. He is only beginning to discover who he is and what he might like to do with his life. The two neighbors quickly fall for each other.

At the end of the first act, they have climbed into his bed and begun an affair. The two seem to balance each other out and make a good match. She is less than pleased with what she has found. Baker is understandably protective of her son and sees Jill as a ship passing in the night. She dislikes the girl and after Don leaves to get food from a deli, she explains to the year-old what a life with Don entails. To the flighty and erratic young girl, the picture Mrs.

Baker paints sounds more like a prison than a life. Jill decides to take Mrs. The play climaxes with Don and Jill fighting about the glaring personality flaws they see in one another and Don dealing with feeling doomed to move back in with his mother. Jill leaves him in a furious state and Don frantically moves around his apartment until he becomes disoriented, trips over his furniture and falls on the floor.

Jill comes to investigate and regrets their fight. The play ends with a slight hope for their relationship. The production notes for "Butterflies are Free" are as specific and meticulous as the apartment of a man who is blind would need to be. The script, available from Samuel French, includes a detailed floor plan for the set as well as a four-page prop list. Lighting and costume needs are minimal, but the set pieces are described in detail by the characters within their dialogue and therefore need to be constructed accordingly.

Both are described in the dialogue and the production notes. He is in his 20s and excited to be living on his own for the first time in his life. He is appreciative of his protective mother but is ready to experience a less sheltered life. She is fascinated by and attracted to Don. There is real chemistry between them, but her flighty nature rebels against the idea that Don could tie her down to a life she is ill-equipped to lead.

She does not approve of him moving away from home to New York. He is more than thrilled to have the amorous attentions of the pretty young girl. Ralph is unaware of the effect his words and presence have on everyone in the apartment when he shows up late at night with Jill. The song that Don writes that serves as the title of the show. Share Flipboard Email. Rosalind Flynn. Theater Education Expert. Rosalind Flynn, Ph. ThoughtCo uses cookies to provide you with a great user experience.

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Butterflies Are Free

Butterflies Are Free is a play by Leonard Gershe. Loosely based on the life of attorney Harold Krents, the plot revolves around a blind man living in downtown Manhattan whose controlling mother disapproves of his relationship with a free-spirited hippie. The title was inspired by a passage in Charles Dickens ' novel Bleak House : "I only ask to be free. The butterflies are free. Mankind will surely not deny to Harold Skimpole what it concedes to the butterflies.

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The film was produced by M. Frankovich , released by Columbia Pictures , directed by Milton Katselas and adapted for the screen by Gershe. It was released on 6 July in the USA. The film is about a woman, Jill Tanner, who moves into an apartment beside a blind man, Don Baker, who has recently moved out on his own. The two become attracted and move in together, but Don's mother tries to end the romance, fearing that Jill will break her son's heart. Goldie Hawn and Edward Albert starred. Eileen Heckart received an Academy Award for her performance.

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"Butterflies Are Free", a Full-Length Play by Leonard Gershe

Don is in his early 20s and Jill is 19 years old. The play opens with Don moving around his meticulously kept apartment while talking on the phone with his mother. Jill is watching TV loudly in her place. Since the walls are paper-thin, the two neighbors talk to each other in their separate dwellings before Jill finally invites herself over. She is a flighty, commitment-phobe, who has recently moved to New York to attempt a career as an actress.

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Leonard Gershe, a playwright and screenwriter who was the author of the hit play ''Butterflies Are Free,'' died on March 9 in a hospital in Beverly Hills, Calif. He was 79 and lived in Beverly Hills. The cause was complications from a stroke, said Harold Nelson, his business manager. It ran for three full seasons and had more than 1, performances, an unusually long run for a nonmusical work.

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